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Rakoff's Stories, Live and Onstage

Tue, 11/05/2019 - 12:56
David Rakoff
Paul Roossin/Doubleday

“Selected Shorts,” the radio and stage show from Symphony Space, is coming to the Avram Theater at Stony Brook Southampton on Saturday to honor one of the college’s own, the late comic essayist David Rakoff.

He taught in the M.F.A. program in creative writing and literature, and now the college’s new podcast recording studio will be named for him — the Rakoff Studio, the opening of which is another feature of the evening, which starts at 7:30.

Mr. Rakoff, a winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor and the Lambda Literary Award, died of cancer in 2012 at age 47. He was often compared to David Sedaris, a friend and in some ways mentor, and on this night he will be introduced by another friend, Ira Glass, the host of NPR’s “This American Life,” a show that connects the three of them.

Staged readings will be by other humor writers — Patricia Marx of The New Yorker’s “Shouts & Murmurs” column, for one — and actors, including Rachel Dratch, probably best known as part of the “Saturday Night Live” cast from 1999 to 2006.

Admission is $30, or $15 for students. V.I.P. tickets for $250 come with a cocktail reception with Mr. Glass before the show. That gathering happens in the Rakoff Studio from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m.

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